Editorial - If You Will Listen To Me

The world's loud voices make a constant clamour in our ears. These voices demand to be heard, and they assail us on every hand. They are often accompanied by evidences of their authority silently as well, in what we are presented with in print, particularly in the secular press, and also by what we see on TV screens.

They all have a case of course, at least in their own eyes, and many of their statements and conclusions might bear some truth when they say: "If you will listen to me I will set the record straight for you."

But the loudest voices and the most persistent pontificating on a given subject might be merely a form of bullying us, and a way to blind our eyes to more important truths and more accurate assessments.

The prophet Elijah found in his experience that the Lord wasn't in a "great and strong wind" which "tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the LORD," nor "after the wind an earthquake," nor "after the earthquake a fire," but it was in "a still small voice" that the Lord delivered His message to His servant (1 Kings 19:11-12).

And that very same Almighty God, with that very same "still small voice" has delivered His message to the world through His Word. He gave this Word of His, firstly to His people Israel, and then through them to all peoples in all the world, even to the ends of the earth. It is a message which is timely and is always relevant, especially in these days as we view the world scene.

We can read how God, in order to bless His people, pleaded with them (Psalm 81: 8): "Hear, O my people, and I will admonish you! O Israel, if you will listen to me!" There is no loud clamour here. There are no lies, no half truths or distorted truths, neither is there any ambiguity in the Lord's reassuring promise.

If His people would only listen to Him and His Word, and obey what He said, He promised them: "I would soon subdue their enemies, and turn my hand against their adversaries" (Psalm 81:14).

There's nothing like being in a dilemma and at our wits' end to drive us in desperation to heed good advice. And surely the Word of God encourages us all to heed the best possible advice: "If you will listen to me . . .